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Relationship weathers storm as boyfriend proposes in front of tornado

Posted May 31

MCLEAN, Texas — A Texas woman was nearly blown away by her boyfriend’s one-of-a-kind marriage proposal.

That’s because her storm-chasing fiancé dropped to one knee just as a tornado raged in the background.

Britney Fox has always known her boyfriend of 18 months — Alex Bartholomew — as one who is not afraid to take risks. He does, after all, chase dangerous storms in his free time, Today reported.

So when he asked her to join him on a tornado hunt earlier this month, she knew it would be a thrill ride. Little did she know, Bartholomew himself had epic plans to be the one to sweep her off her feet.

“I really wanted to propose in front of a tornado to combine the two loves of my life,” he told Today.

Bartholomew — who purchased an engagement ring back in March — recruited several of his storm-chasing pals to help him with the big event, according to a post on his Facebook page.

As the crew approached a brewing tornado near McLean, Texas, they pulled over to the side of the road and Bartholomew led Fox out of the car for a better look.

“It was far enough away that I wasn’t even a little bit nervous,” Fox told the Dallas Morning News.

Bartholomew was the one with the nerves as he dropped to one knee to pop a pretty important question. But it turns out he didn’t have anything to fear but the storm.

“I almost forgot about the tornado behind us because all I could see was him and how happy I felt in that moment,” Fox told the Huffington Post.

One of Bartholomew’s friends took photos of the magical moment, while the other two caught the event on video — all of which Bartholomew shared on his Facebook page.

“Wow what a day,” he wrote. “Two (maybe 3 tornadoes), great storms and most importantly she said YES! I can’t quite describe the feeling that has overcome me. Elated, ecstatic, overjoyed …”

The awe-inspiring photos quickly went viral — garnering more than a thousand reactions and 583 shares as of Tuesday night.

“What a way to start your lives together,” wrote one commenter. “Congratulations.”

“Congrats!!!” wrote another. “Now run and take cover!”

The couple’s story has been featured on numerous national news outlets — even the Weather Channel gave them a shoutout.

While all the attention has been exciting, the real celebration lies in the outcome of the proposal, according to Bartholomew.

“I seriously couldn’t ask for a better life and I can’t wait to spend it with her by my side,” he wrote on Facebook.

Bartholomew picked a good day for the chase — there were more than two dozen reported tornadoes throughout the U.S. on May 16, according to USA Today.

Jessica Ivins is a content manager for KSL.com and contributor to the Motherhood Matters section.

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